here if you're in Peekskill!), we were off!
Our trusty steeds ranged the spectrum - together our motley crew of bikes included an aluminum road bike, a steel touring bike, some vintage Raleigh and Nishiki beauties, a fat bike and a three-speed! Despite these differences, we stuck together and if a gap emerged, we pulled over to regroup and assess how everyone was feeling throughout the day, working together towards our shared goal - climb all the hills (they call this area the Hudson Highlands after all) before spending a cool evening under the stars serenaded by crickets and cicadas.
We stopped for lunch at the Putnam Valley Post Office, which had everything we needed - a wide sidewalk under an awning. Our spread ranged from fresh fruit and veggies, sandwiches, wine-flavored sausage, moon cheese, pb&j and beef jerky. People coming in and out of the post office looked longingly at our delicious lunch, some offering a piece of advice about the route we should take to get to Fahnestock - thanks guys, but we got this!
Over the next few hours, we rode past several glass-calm lakes and through countless lush forests. The beauty of bike camping is how easy it becomes to forget about Manhattan, Queens or Brooklyn when you are pedaling through nature (and entertain the thought of leaving it all behind).
Soon the sun had set and we illuminated the darkness with our lanterns and bike lights. We turned in under a sky full of stars after a few s'mores and conversation, getting to know each other better.
The sun was our alarm clock the next morning and we slowly got started, packing up and brewing coffee. We sped out of camp shortly after 9 am with fresh legs and relief that the 9 mile day from Fahnestock to Cold Spring would largely be downhill. Once in Coldspring we grabbed a second breakfast and, for some, third cup of coffee before catching the train back into the city.
Thanks to everyone who came along and to our leaders!! Thanks also to 718 for helping make the Women's Adventure Cycling Club a reality. We're excited for the next ride, which will be happening on October 22-23...stay tuned for more details! Join the Facebook group here and follow us on Instagram!